Jorge L. Hernandez is a professor and practitioner of Architecture. He was born in Havana Cuba in 1956 and immigrated to Miami in 1962. He received his Bachelor of Architecture from the University of Miami in 1980 and his Master of Architecture from the University of Virginia in 1985 where he studied design and architectural history. He joined the faculty of the University of Virginia in 1985 and since 1987 has been a professor of Architecture at the University of Miami.
Jorge has lectured in Europe and the United States, taught for the Prince of Wales School of Architecture, and has participated in numerous international symposia and conferences. His work has been published in the United States, South America, and Europe in various books and journals including: Architectural Digest, Metro Home, Archi & Colonne, and many others. In 1996 he was selected to be one of 40 architects featured in that decade\'s 40 Under 40. He collaborated with renowned art-historian Vincent Scully on a book entitled Between Two Towers: The Drawings of the School of Miami. In 2002 Klickowski Publishers issued a monograph entitled Casas/Houses: Jorge L. Hernandez.
Jorge feels strongly that, just as an architect should be responsible for the physical shaping of community, he should also participate in shaping the ideological structure of a community. Since his return to Coral Gables in 1987, Jorge has served on numerous local, state boards, and agencies. He was the Chair for the State of Florida Historic Preservation Advisory Council, Vice-chair of the Florida Historical Commission and was a Trustee of the Florida Trust. Most recently, he is championing the designation and preservation of civil rights, women’s rights, and Hispanic monuments and sites in Florida. He is married to Alina Palacios-Hernandez and has three children: Alexander, Carolina, and Christopher. They reside in Coral Gables, Florida.